Thrive by Five welcomes new national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood strategy
10 December 2021 – Minderoo Foundation’s Thrive by Five initiative has welcomed the new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy, released yesterday by SNAICC, the national peak body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
“The strategy provides a strong vision for wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children,” Minderoo Foundation Deputy CEO Felicity Gooding said.
“It identifies five key goals that underpin the future developmental wellbeing of Aboriginal children, including being supported to thrive in the early years.
“The strategy also underlines the critical need to engage in long term reform of the early learning system, with consultation participants noting there remains significant barriers for First Nations children in accessing early childhood education and care, including availability, affordability, quality and cultural competency,” Mrs Gooding said.
“Thrive by Five calls on all levels of government to work together and ensure the vision outlined in the Indigenous Early Childhood Strategy is realised so that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born healthy and are given the best possible chance to reach their full potential,” Mrs Gooding said.
“This includes reform of the early learning and childcare system.”
Thrive by Five is a national campaign, calling for reform to make the early learning and childcare system high quality, universally accessible and affordable.